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Graduate Library Trainee

Employer: The Honourable Society of Gray's Inn
Location: Gray's Inn, London
Salary: £23,665.00
Published Date: 13 Nov 2018
Status: 1 year fixed term contract
Ref: HSGI1311

Job Description

Gray’s Inn is one of four Inns of Court responsible for calling barristers to the Bar of England and Wales. The Inn provides continuing legal education post-qualification, the Library, the Chapel, dining, scholarships, advocacy training and other facilities for students and barristers.

Gray’s Inn Library

The Library houses over 75,000 books, journals and law reports, including rare books and manuscripts dating back to the 11th century. It offers the full range of general English legal materials but also collects in over twenty specialist areas of law, including its flagship international law collection, maintained on behalf of all four Inns of Court. The Library also offers a range of online resources and a professional enquiry service for students and barristers.

The Role

You must be a university graduate (or equivalent). Previous library or information experience may be helpful but is not essential. Experience of working in an office or customer-facing environment is highly desirable. Knowledge of the law or the legal sector is not required.

We are looking for a confident, proactive individual who enjoys team-work and is interested in pursuing a career in librarianship. The post would particularly suit anyone seeking experience prior to studying for a library/information qualification, and a representative schedule of training and visits is included with the application pack.

Duties include

  • Provision of an enquiry service and legal research for barristers and students using hardcopy and online resources, in person, by phone and by email
  • Fulfilling document supply requests for law reports, journal articles etc.
  • Serials administration and cataloguing (under supervision) using SirsiDynix
  • Library housekeeping tasks including looseleaf filing, shelving, binding preparation and some liaison with library suppliers
  • Assisting with projects such as stock moves, re-cataloguing, creating library displays
  • Contributing Library content to the Inn’s social media channels


The Inn offers a generous package of annual leave and other benefits, including free lunches during legal terms. For further details and an application pack please email recruitment@graysinn.org.uk (quoting reference – Graduate Library Trainee – in the heading).

Closing date for applications: 14 December 2018. Interviews are expected to take place on 23 January 2019 and a start date of 25 February 2019 is anticipated.

Gray’s Inn is an equal opportunities employer


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